Hallabolou & You

Fun for you and your Family.

It’s a Boo-tacular Time of Year

  With the mad rush of getting the kids back to school, it’s time to turn to some great fall activities.  I love fall!  The changing of the leaves, the smell of fireplaces when I am out for a walk.  Although I will miss my flip flops, it’s time to pull out my boots for hiking and, if the kids are lucky, for snow.

One of my favorite fall activities is taking my kids to Cox Farms.  I have been going for over 15 years as a teacher, but for the last several years I have been fortunate to just take my children with me.  Nothing says fall like sipping on cider and contemplating what pumpkin to bring home.  This year the debate is whether to carve the pumpkin or paint it.  I have found some great websites for both, but we haven’t come to a consensus yet.  Stencils, painting, or sculpting.

With the arrival of fall starts the countdown for Halloween.  In my house this is a much anticipated event as we turn our garage into a haunted house.  We do have an alternative for the little ones so we don’t scare them too much.  If you are looking for some places to take your kids for trick or treating, try your local mall or even better go visit Clifton, VA.  They close down parts of the streets so the kids can safely cross the roads.  If your kids are older and your feeling brave, try Busch Gardens at night.  This is not for the younger set.  Many attend in pretty gruesome costumes.

Have your kids decided what they are going to be this year?  My oldest is going to be a zombie hunter (as we have zombies in our haunted house) and my youngest is going to be King Pig of Bad Piggies (Angry Birds).  If you need some last minute costumes I found a few sites and all it needs is a visit to target, walmart or the dollar store.  If your pretty handy you can always make your own costume. Homemade costumes are my favorites but it can be hard to get the kids to ignore the store bought ones.

Here are some great trick or treat safety ideas.

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Love is in the air…along with snowflakes

Nothing warms me up as much as the love that my children express to me on Valentines Day.  Home made cards and child created gifts are a joy to receive and to make.  I have found some great ideas and some places to go.  As always, some won’t cost a thing while others will need gas and a hotel room.

If your kids are like mine, they love those shiny colorful Lego plastic bricks.  Click here for the easiest ever heart necklace.  Need some place fun to store that heart necklace? Want to spend money instead?  Click here for a site that has some great pieces.  Don’t forget to play well people! (The name ‘LEGO’ is an abbreviation of the two Danish words “leg godt”, meaning “play well )

Want to take the family out for dinner to celebrate?  Don’t wait for the weekend!  Call up your local favorite restaurants and find out when the kids eat free or at reduced costs.  That way everyone gets to eat something they like and your wallet doesn’t suffer.  I also like to use this as a treat for my kids such as when they ut the dishes in the dishwasher without my having to nag them.  And really, you deserve a break today (and I don’t mean at McDonald’s).  If you prefer to stay at home here is great pizza idea. If you have a little less time, try this on your pizza instead.

In the mood to make something fun to eat?  I have found some great recipes.  I also found a great site that has a Lego styled cake.  I think I know what my son will be having for his Birthday.  Heart cupcakes are also easy to make as you can see here.

Hmmmmm.  It seems that we have a Lego theme occurring.  Let’s break the mold and go wild at hotel getaway like Great Wolf Lodge.  My kids love it and its great to find a place with something for everyone.  They do offer specials to bring in families during their off-season.

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